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The EWS Director part of this year’s EMAS Awards Jury

Sep 12th, 2012 |

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary environmental management instrument, developed by the European Commission in 1993. All EMAS registered organizations are eligible for the annual outstanding achievements award for the environmental management topic of the year. In 2012 that topic is “Water Management (incl. water efficiency & water quality)”.

A specially elected jury determines the most deserving nominee for each of the 6 sub-categories, as part of an integrative system for business and agriculture to assess, verify and communicate sustainable water management practices. Dr. Sabine von Wirén-Lehr, European Water Stewardship (EWS) Director, is a member of this year’s jury. As an experienced professional in the water field Sabine von Wirén-Lehr will be a great asset to the jury’s team and provide objective assessment of the dozens of projects eligible for the EMAS Award 2012.

Sabine von Wiren LehrDr. Sabine von Wirén-Lehr, European Water Stewardship (EWS) Director

As more organizations recognize the manner in water use efficiency optimizes their environmental performance and their competitive advantage; the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, has stated that ‘winning an EMAS Award really means you belong to the best of the best’. The agricultural and the water sectors are already expecting the full list of organizations nominated for this year and look forward to finding out the winners for the 2012 EMAS Awards.

Other members of the EMAS Awards Jury are:

  • The Chairman of the Jury Jeremy Wates, Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau
  • Juan Francisco Ciriza Santero, Mahou, S.A.
  • Matthias Friebel, Vice President of the European Federation of Associations of Environmental Professionals
  • Dr. Zbigniew Michal Karaczun, Associate Professor in the Department of Environment Protection, Warsaw University of Life Sciences
  • The Environmental Auditor Dr. Alan Knight
  • Dr. Paolo Molinas who worked for the Italian Nuclear Safety Agency
  • Celso Sanchez Martinez, EMAS coordinator
  • Dr. Walter J. V. Vermeulen, Associate Professor of “Sustainable production and consumption” at the Department of Innovation and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University (the Netherlands).

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